Myanmar military seizes narcotics worth US$981.3 million in 2020

YANGON, Jan. 22 (Xinhua): Myanmar military seized large haul of narcotics worth over 1.3 trillion kyats (US$981.3 million) in the whole year of 2020, according to a release from the Military True News Information Team on Friday.

The military confiscated over 1,438 kilograms of heroin, over 2,585 kilogrammes of raw opium, over three kilograms of opium, over 353 kilogrammes of marijuana, over 290 million stimulant tablets, over 16,891 kilograms of methamphetamine (ICE), over 69,812 kilograms of other related accessories across the country while over 9,456 acres of poppy plantations were destroyed last year, the military's release said.

Regionally, narcotic drugs worth over 874 billion kyats (US$657.1 million) including heroin, opium, marijuana, stimulant tablets, methamphetamine (ICE) and others were seized in Shan state while stimulants and ICE worth more than 144 billion kyats (US$108.2 million) were confiscated in Yangon region and drugs worth over 76 billion kyats (US$57.1 million) in Rakhine state.

Meanwhile, narcotic drugs worth over 210 billion kyats (US$157.8 million) were seized in other regions and states last year.

The release said that the military has been emphasising the drug eradication tasks as a military operations and has been cooperating with relevant departments and security organizations in fighting narcotics across the country.

Meanwhile, The number of Covid-19 cases rose to 135,721 in Myanmar on Wednesday night (Jan 21), according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry.

A total of 478 new infection cases with 11 more deaths were confirmed in the country in the past 24 hours, the release said.

The death toll increased to 2,997 while 119,314 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals as of Wednesday.

The daily test positive rate was recorded at 2.3 percent, remaining below 5 percent for more than a month since Dec. 18, according to the ministry's data.

Over 2.19 million samples have been tested for the disease in Myanmar since the first infection was detected in the country on March 23 last year. - Xinhua
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